hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Definition of hemlock

1a : any of several poisonous herbs (such as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
b : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock
2 : any of a genus (Tsuga) of evergreen coniferous trees of the pine family also : the soft light splintery wood of a hemlock

Examples of hemlock in a Sentence

Socrates died after drinking hemlock.
Recent Examples on the Web Urban pointed out ironwood trees, white cedars and hemlocks. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter yurt camping in the Porcupine Mountains is great for beginners," 6 Feb. 2020 The verdict called for capital punishment: All six generals who had returned to Athens were put to death by hemlock poisoning. Mark Munn, The Conversation, "Massive spending in a crisis brought bloody consequences in ancient Athens," 17 Apr. 2020 As the trail enters the deeper hemlock and white pine forest, the trolley bed becomes wet, so visitors should wear good foot gear. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hiking an abandoned trolley line near Quassy Amusement Park in Woodbury," 29 Nov. 2019 Much of it supports Appalachian oak-pine forest and hemlock-beech-oak-pine forest. USA TODAY, "Mussel eco-tourism, Morgan Freeman, firework fix: News from around our 50 states," 14 Mar. 2020 On the far side, the skinny water gathered and poured into a chute that cut the bank of a towering cliff decked with leaning hemlocks. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "John’s Rock: Trout Fishing with an Old Friend," 9 Mar. 2020 Politicians have tussled for years over the fate of the Tongass, a massive stretch of southeastern Alaska replete with old-growth spruce, hemlock and cedar, rivers running with salmon, and dramatic fjords. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest," 27 Aug. 2019 Total mileage: There are approximately 1.6 miles of trails traveling under hemlocks and looping through the woods and along the banks of the Bantam River. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Exploring the banks of the Bantam River under the shade of giant hemlocks," 5 July 2019 Now through March is a good time to inspect hemlock trees. cleveland, "St. Joan of Arc hosts Lenten speaker series including a Hollywood actor: Valley Views," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hemlock

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hemlock

Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic

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“Hemlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemlock. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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hemlock

noun
How to pronounce hemlock (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hemlock

: an evergreen tree with soft wood
: a type of poisonous plant that has small white flowers
: a deadly drug or drink made from this plant

hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of hemlock

1 : an evergreen tree related to the pine
2 : a poisonous plant with small white flowers and leaves divided into many parts

hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemlock

1a : any of several poisonous herbs (as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
2 : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock — compare coniine

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